Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – the new comedy musical based on the Oscar-nominated smash hit movie – will open in the West End on Thursday 28 September at the Garrick Theatre (Press Night: Tuesday 10th October).
The production will open for a pre-West End season at the Theatre Royal Newcastle from Saturday 26th August to Saturday 9th September 2017.
The London run for Young Frankenstein is announced in the week that Mel is to be awarded the BAFTA Fellowship, the highest honour that the Academy bestow and a lifetime achievement recognising his remarkable career across the arts.
Young Frankenstein, the wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic, see’s Frederick Frankenstein, an esteemed New York brain surgeon and professor, inherit a castle and laboratory in Transylvania from his deranged genius grandfather, Victor Von Frankenstein. He now faces a dilemma – does he continue to run from his family’s tortured past or does he stay in Transylvania to carry on his grandfather’s mad experiments reanimating the dead and, in the process, fall in love with his sexy lab assistant Inga?
Based on the hilarious 1974 film and co-written with Thomas Meehan, Brooks will once again collaborate with Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman for this all-singing-all-dancing new production, bringing his and Gene Wilder’s classic movie to life on stage.
Casting will be announced at a later date. Young Frankenstein is produced by Mel Brooks, Michael Harrison and Fiery Angel.
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – LISTINGS INFORMATION
Book – Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
Music & Lyrics – Mel Brooks
Direction & Choreography – Susan Stroman
Set Design – Beowulf Boritt
Costume Design – William Ivey Long
Musical Supervision – Glen Kelly
Orchestrations – Doug Besterman
Lighting Design – Ben Cracknell
Sound Design – Gareth Owen
Musical Director – Andrew Hilton
Wigs & Hair Design – Paul Huntley
Casting Director – Jill Green CDG
Associate Director – Nigel West
Associate Choreographer – Richard Pitt
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0HH
Performances begin Thursday 28th September
Monday – Saturday: 7:30pm
Wednesday & Saturday Matinees: 3:00pm
Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Tube Lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Directions from nearest tube: (2 minutes) Go along Charing Cross Road parallel to Leicester Square until you reach the theatre on your left.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
Night Bus Numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N11, N13, N15, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
Car Park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets and Wheelchair accessible
The Garrick Theatre London
The Garrick Theatre was designed by Walter Emden, and C J Phipps as a consultant to help with the planning on this site which included an underground river.
The theatre was built for W S Gilbert, who was responsible for the book and lyrics of all Savoy Operas with Sir Arthur Sullivan. The theatre opened on 24th April, 1889 and was named after David Garrick, an 18th Century actor. The theatre has retained its Victorian aspects. Sir John Hare produced and starred in The Profligate with Johnston Forbes Robertson and Lewis Waller in 1889.
When first built the theatre had 800 seats on four levels, but since then the gallery has been closed and the seating capacity reduced to 656. The gold leaf auditorium was restored in 1986 by the designer Carl Toms and in 1997 the front facade also had a facelift. The theatre has largely been associated with comedies or comedy-dramas.
Recent productions include a No Sex Please We’re British, which then transferred to the Duchess Theatre in August 1986. On 24th October 1995 the Royal National Theatre’s multi-award winning production of J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls opened here, having played successful seasons at the RNT’s Lyttelton and Olivier theatres as well as the Aldwych Theatre and a season on Broadway.